July 25, 2014

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Thanksgiving traditions from turkey dinners with all the fixings to football and parades Print E-mail

The m­ost significant symbols of Thanksgiving are the foods Americans eat for Thanksgiving dinner. On a broad level, these foods celebrate traditional agriculture life. Most of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are fairly simple foods that are native to North America.

Most Americans associate Thanksgiving with turkey. This connection goes back to the prevalence of wild turkey in the New World. At the time of the first Thanksgiving, Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford commented on "the great store of wild turkeys" -- even though it's thought that venison and fish were the center of the celebration. Turkey is such an important part of Thanksgiving that more than 90 percent of Americans eat it on Thanksgiving.

American Indians and Pilgrims celebrate first Thanksgiving together Print E-mail

We generally think of Thanksgiving as a uniquely American holiday, but there's actually a long tradition of harvest-time celebrations and thanksgiving celebrations.

Every autumn, the ancient Greeks enjoyed a three-day festival to honor Demeter, the goddess of corn and grains. The Romans had a similar celebration in which they honored­ Ceres, the goddess of corn (the word "cereal" is derived from her name). The Roman celebration included music, parades, games, sports and a feast, much like modern Thanksgiving.

Presidential "turkey pardon" tradition Print E-mail

Each Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a farm, doing whatever it is turkeys love to do. Twenty-two turkeys have been pardoned, and today, President Obama will pardon one more.

Florence Social Security Office changing business hours Print E-mail

Florence Social Security Office to close to the public a half hour early each day and at noon on Wednesdays.

Effective November 19, 2012, the Florence Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In addition, beginning January 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

America's true first Pilgrims were viciously slaughtered at Fort Caroline by the Spanish Print E-mail

The first Pilgrims to reach America seeking religious freedom were English and settled in Massachusetts. Right?

Well, not so fast. Some fifty years before the Mayflower left port, a band of French colonists came to the New World. Like the later English Pilgrims, these Protestants were victims of religious wars, raging across France and much of Europe. And like those later Pilgrims, they too wanted religious freedom and the chance for a new life. But they also wanted to attack Spanish treasure ships sailing back from the Americas.

Tribute to an American hero, Alvin York, on Armistice Day or as we now know it, Veterans Day Print E-mail

By Wilma Bonar

We commend the soldiers who are fighting in the Middle East and serving in other places across the globe and give tribute to the veterans who have fought and died for the good of our country. If not for them, we could be living under some other form of government. May God watch over them and bless them and their families.

Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day.  It was designated as a national holiday between Great Britain, France, and the United States after the cessation of World War I (November 11, 1918). After World War II, England proclaimed the Sunday nearest to November 11 as a day of tribute to the dead of World Wars I and II. The President of the United States signed a bill re-designating the holiday as Veterans Day on June 1, 1954.

Tips on Fertilizing, pruning and preparing those beautiful roses for winter and cold weather Print E-mail

Throughout history roses have captivated the hearts and minds of gardeners and non-gardeners alike, inspiring the creation of numerous poems, legends, and books on their uses and care. They are one of the most popular garden flowers grown on the face of the earth as evidenced by the several garden clubs, societies, organizations, and businesses devoted to them. There are countless species and cultivars available in a wide range of colors and forms, with new cultivars being introduced each year to improve on the previous year's selections.

Tips for driving safe while entering into the peak season for deer collisions Print E-mail

If asked to identify the most dangerous animal in the United States, most people, depending on where they live, would likely point first to a bear, mountain lion, alligator or even a shark. While those all seem like logical choices, statistics from the Insurance Information Institute reveal that the deadliest animal roaming the countryside is actually the white-tailed deer.

The history of "Who Dey!" and the Bengals' beginnings Print E-mail

There's no better time to look back at the beginning of a team than when they are having a good season and right now the Bengals are making Cincinnati proud. The Bengals recently brought home the victory against Jacksonville, a team they out matched both on paper and the field on September 30. Most importantly, the defensive disaster of the first two weeks has begun to simmer with steady improvement in wins against the Redskins and Jaguars.

Football history spanning all the way from the ancient Greeks to modern day American Print E-mail

Fall is in the air and the football season is upon us again. Time to pull out your favorite hoodie and head out to root for your favorite team, be it NFL, college or the local high school. Regardless, be for sure that football as we know it today has come a far cry from its beginnings and gone through a lot of changes along the way.


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